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"Cats On Water" Sea Kayak navigation day course

Saturday, October 16, 2021 - 10:00am

"Cats On Water" Sea Kayak navigation day course
Event Location: Eastern Shore - exact location TBA the eve before

Want to improve your ability to plan sea kayak day trips and hone your navigational skills?
Want to have a blast and spend the whole day leisurely exploring nooks and crannies of the coastline, islands and inlets? YES, We do, too!!

We will check places out, explore and be curious...we will be like CATS....except cats who like water! Yes, we'll be CATS ON WATER!!

Paddle Canada certified sea kayak instructors Eleanor AND Jenn will show you how to properly plan a day trip, including WHERE to put in, depending on the wind direction and sea state!

LOCATION: Eastern Shore -exact location TBD the eve before, depending on winds…
We'll spend the whole day exploring, stopping, looking, eating (bring your chocolate AND your sandwiches) and learning about how to explore and be safe, and not get lost...and how to find the best route to do all this.

This day-long course is intended for sea kayakers who have a base of knowledge in paddling: either time on the water or have taken a Basic/Intro or Level One course already - but who would like some more experience planning a route and exploring in unknown waters.

To gain the most from this experience, bring a compass and the marine chart for the Eastern Shore-100 Wild Islands (that includes Owl's Head, Borgles and Wolfe Island-- chart #4236 and a medium-large 14 x 21" size chart case. (The Binnacle sells charts and cases— it takes a day to order/print. MEC and Canadian Tire sell compasses).

The evening before the course, we will email registered participants and tell you where to meet. The put-in will be somewhere on the coastline on that chart, and that will be your first lesson - how to read the marine forecast and choose a suitable location to paddle in, on the day.
Then we'll meet there, and have a terrific time. Don't be nervous about the length of time - there will be a cat-like pace, exploring and stopping to look in and around at neat stuff!

Eleanor and Jenn can help you with boat control and paddling strokes along the way, and you can pick our brains to your hearts delight...as long as you bring the dark chocolate!!

Course fee: $65 no tax.
Course will run with a minimum of 3 paddlers and a maximum of 12.
Paddlers may RENT FROM US, or bring their own sea kayak, skirt, paddle, PFD with whistle, bailer/pump.
Rentals are $70 for the day, no tax. -must pre-register, please.

Recreational kayaks are not suitable - ask us if you're not sure.
To pre-register, send your name, email, phone number and a brief description of your paddling experience:
as a message to our facebook page or to [email protected]

Phone Eleanor at
902-981-6815 with questions.

This event takes place on unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Mi’kmaq People. We are all Treaty People and have responsibilities to each other, this land and these beautiful waters.

We also understand that the kayak itself was invented by the Inuit and was an integral part of their survival and heritage.

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